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17th September 2016  Posted by Kit Sandeman


The Ashes Fundraising Dinner & Auction was an excellent evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all!

The feedback was superb, and being the first event of it's kind for ABSA, things can only get better!

Charlie Dagnall hosted the evening superbly, in a style all of his own. Each and every guest was impressed by his incredible wit and captured by his hilarous anecdotes.  His mastery at rousing the crowd was evident in the auction and fundraising activities;  with his help we raised £8610!!

John Emburey and Charlotte Edwards suprised several  lucky guests by joining their table for dinner and gave them a night they will never forget. They shared their own tales and insights in what proved to be very different experiences of the cricketing world. The room was captivated, especially when each answered questions from the audience, one in particular for John had been pondered over two decades! We are thrilled they could attend, and are  so grateful to them for supporting this project.

As the second test of the ashes commenced, the party continued in the Hilton bar early into the early hours of the morning. Guests watching the live screening and enjoying the company of friends and new acquaintances.

The Hilton at St Georges Park was the ideal setting for the evening,  such a stunning building steeped in sporting history it was just a little bit lavish! The food was excellent, and we hope to host a similar event there next year, in time for the world cup!?

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Members of Abbots Bromley Football club recently arranged for  a group of 43 runners to participate in the Great Manchester run, to raise well needed funds for ABSA, Jelly Tots and Cystic Fibrosis. We are awaiting to find out the final figure raised, however, this by no means measures the success of the day.

Apart from being the single largest group of competitors, residents of Abbots Bromley and players of the local teams all came together in orange to complete this vigorous run for their community, to raise awareness of the three causes which are in need of support and to simply do something they enjoy in the name of a good cause! What a day, everyone who participated should be very very proud of themselves, especially those who put in their time to arrange group registration,  transport, the mighty orange kits for everyone to wear.. those who quite simply made it happen! We salute you!

Update: ABFC and local residents raised a whopping total of just over £6,000, of which ABSA recieved a generous donation of £3,844! Thank you so very very much!

"But the vision doesn't stop with cricket and football. We want to build facilities for as many sports as possible to develop sport in this community for many years to come."

Fellow chairman John Stevenson said: "It's so exciting, I can't tell you. I come down here all the time just to see them working. It all looks like it's happening overnight, but it's been four years in the making, a lot of hard work from a lot of people."

Work was ceremonially started by local gardener Terry Bailey, who sunk his spade into the turf in front of many of the trustees, the chairman of the Staffordshire Cricket Board, and representatives of county and borough councils.

East Staffordshire borough councillor Greg Hall, who represents the ward, said the council had invested £10,000 in the project, and that seeing the groundwork get underway was fantastic.

He said: "It's a very exciting day for Abbots Bromley, it's been a long time in the planning. The ambition was outstanding and at one point it looked like they were trying to take on more than was feasible, but they have stuck with it and now here we are.

"I hope that now people can see something on the ground there will be even more support in the area, and that people will be able to see that they can be part of this fantastic project."

With phase one of the project underway, phase two, the football pitches, is set to start early next year, once the next round of funding has been secured.

Following that, phase three will get underway to build the £250,000 pavilion, and changing rooms.

The environmental impact of the development has also been carefully considered, with 'balancing pools', which as well as drawing water from the pitch as drainage, will include reed beds to provide a habitat for newts, fish, frogs and birds. Trees will also be planted around the ground, with nesting boxes aimed at several bird species, including owls.

We like to keep everybody updated on what we have been upto.

We do this through our Facebook page, The Parish Newsletter and on the village website.

We also put everything we publish on here, so more people will see it.

Take a look to see what we have been up to.

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January 2019    A Flurry of Funding

It is with great pleasure and pride that we reflect on the various grant awards we have received towards the project. We are extremely grateful for the existence of the various foundations and funds which allow communities the opportunity to  improve themselves, thus enriching the lives of residents. 

  • The Bernard Sunley Foundation generously awarded our project their maximum grant amount of £10,000
  • The East Staffordshire Councils Neighbourhood Development Fund generously awarded a grant of £20,000
  • Philip Atkins our local County Councilor awarded £2,000 to develop the temporary changing faciltites 
  • The premier League & The Facilities Fund have awarded £258,000 towards the phase 2 costs! 

Each grant is vital to completing phase 2, and is monumental in terms of progress. 

We have also in recent months raised £7,000 in fundraising events!

But we must continue to raise funds, as additiona costs arise and to support the completion of the future phases. So please, help us continue to raise vital funds and maximise the positive effect this project can have on this community. 

16th November 2018     Fundraising Dinner & Auction 

We were delighted to once again hold our evening of entertainment at The Pirelli Stadium. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening;  thanks to the quality of  the entertainment and of course the venue iteslf. After an exceptional diner in the Albion suite, guests were delighted and left hysterical at the antics of the comedic genius Alan Hudson. The generosity of the guests ensured a healthy £6,100 was raised. Spirits were exceptionally high as guests danced until the ealrly hours to the irresistable live music of The Believers. 

It was a night to remember and we are so very grateful to those who attended, who bid so generously on the evening and of course for the very many businesses and residents that so willingly donated items for our raffle and auction. Without each and every one of you the event coul dnot have succeeded. 

Please join us next time!

        Saturday 23rd September 2017    ABSA 10K 

Saturday 23rd September saw the third hosting of the Abbots Bromley 10k and Junior Fun Run around the banks of Blithfield Reservoir. This annual event is a rare opportunity to access and sample the beauty of this Site of Special Scientific Interest for Wildlife and is only possible thanks to permissions granted by South Staffordshire Water and the support and co-operation of Blithfield Sailing Club.

The field of 153 10k runners was greeted by an overcast, cool morning, which was helpful if only by preventing our entrants from getting too warm!

As in previous years, runners came from far and wide to with a host of running clubs taking part. Local clubs included representation from Uttoxeter Road Runners, Stafford Harriers, Fradley Ladies, Wrekin Road Runners, Run and Ride, Badgers, Newcastle AC, Shelton Striders, Derby AC, Chasewater Runners, Ashbourne Triathletes and Trentham. We even had an East Staffs. Borough Councillor running in the athletic shape of Greg Hall !

The 10k field of 153 was closely followed by 35 Fun Runners who approached their 2.5k route with speed and style along with a whole host of laughs – definitely 10k stars of the future !

The Ladies results showed Annabel Roberts winning in a swift  42:43 at the head of a strong field of 68 runners, followed home by Steph Spencer 43:07 and in third Caroline Scott 47:07.

Ryan Friel came home first in the men’s category with a time of 38:02, with William Arthur 39:10 second and Rob Francis finishing third in 39:45.

Conditions underfoot were wet due to the recent rainy end to the summer so these times were impressive.

Due to ongoing refurbishment works being carried out at Blithfiled Sailing Club several contingency measures were necessary. A generator provided power for the timing systems and almost as importantly, the kettles for the Sailing Club volunteers on tea and coffee making duties !

We were supported this year by the enthusiastic pupils from the Abbots Bromley School who provided hot food on the day and ‘star pupil’ Hannah, who truly made the ‘Go Ape’ monkey suit come to life!

Abbots Bromley Sports Association organised the event, with all funds going towards the next phases of the new community and sports ground development. We are hugely grateful to our helpers, marshals, timekeepers and public address man Peter Livesey. Our main sponsors on the day were John German (Lichfield), Andy Shaw Developments, Tesco Uttoxeter, Go Ape Cannock Chase, Cash Stores -Abbots Bromley, Bookers Burton and Forkers (Civil & Ground Engineering).

All of these people, both helpers and sponsors made this a successful and enjoyable event and our thanks got to them all.

We look forward to 2018 with relish.

Work is now officially underway to build a stunning new sports centre in Abbots Bromley, after a staggering £220,000 was raised by the community to fund the project.

Once finished, the centre will have football pitches, a cricket pitch and a pavilion, with plans also in the pipeline for netball courts.

The masterplan has been orchestrated by the Abbots Bromley Sports Association (ABSA), which has leased the land from Abbots Bromley School for Girls.

Around 10,000 tonnes of soil are in the process of being moved, and if the weather stays good it is hoped the area will resemble a cricket ground in eight weeks' time.

However the pitch will need a long time to settle before play can start, so it is hoped the pitch will be playable by the 2019/20 season.

The plan has been a long time in the making. Trustee Andy Kirkland said: "I was 15 years old when I started playing cricket, and we tried a similar thing then but it never quite got off the ground. ABSA was set up four years ago so compared to that seems like a drop in the ocean.

"But to have got so far and now that there is something to see for all that hard work, it's just brilliant.

Addressing the various dignitaries who had gathered at the 'ground-breaking' ceremony, chairman Chris Wood said: "I want to thank all those people and organisations who have supported us, so many people have given wonderful support, so many people have given their blood sweat and tears to this project.

"There's a lot of people, even within the cricket team, who were saying this is never going to happen. There were a lot of disbelievers, understandably, because of the scale of what we were trying to do, but now that we've got it going, we can see and they can see that this really is happening.

Over 100 people joined us for an Evening of Entertainment at The Pirelli Stadium, to raise well needed funds for the new sports ground... and what an evening it was! Feedback was excellent and it was so very plain to see everyone enjoyed themselves immensely.

David Bryon proved to be a thoroughly entertaining compere who ensured all our guests enjoyed the various fundraising activities of the evening. After dinner, Kevin Connelly had everyone person in the room laughing out loud with his seamless and incredibly witty impressions. Later in the evening we were wowed by the hugely talented Miss Kate Copeland & the Jazz Band, whose performances had is in awe and on the dance floor where we witnessed some rather creative and unorthodox dance moves! Spirits were indeed high and we would like to thank everyone who joined us and made the night so much fun.  The quality of the entertainment was more than we could have anticipated; a pat on the back is most definitely required by the ABSA committee members who together devised the event.

Support was overwhelming with so many local people and businesses donating to our auction and raffle. Together we raised over £4,000! We are grateful to you all,  wholehearted thanks go to The Stoke City Old Boys, The Blithfield Anglers, Tatenhill Aviation,  Blithfield Willowcrafts and local residents Mike Manners, Chris Woods and Tara & James Stevenson for their donations to our auction.  Also to the many local residents & ABJFC who helped put together a luxury hamper. Huge thanks also go to Ye Olde Dun Cow, Joules at High Ash, The Ruchi, Oakedge Shooting Ground, Hairline, On The Green and local resident Rachel Goodwin for the raffle donations.   

And last, but by no means least; we give thanks to our extremely kind and generous host Ben Robinson, owner of the Pirelli Stadium and Burton Albion FC, who supported this event in every way possible.

With Phase 1 groundworks set to begin in the spring of 2016 it is crucial we continue to fill the pot in as many ways as we can, your help and support is always appreciated and very much welcomed. 

    September 2015 - Fundraising 10k Run & Fun Run

Saturday September 26th saw the annual Abbots Bromley 10k and fun run, which this year was being held for the first time around Blithfield Reservoir, with kind permission of both the Sailing Club and Blithfield Estates.

Starting at the Sailing Club the 10k course followed the waterline track around the reservoir heading out towards the main road bridge. The runners then crossed the bridge turning onto the south west bank and out to the 5k point. Here they turned round and retraced the route back to the finish at the Sailing Club.

Race day morning was met with glorious sunshine and combined with the new venue, made for a stunning spectacle.

The race fields comprised of 74 10k runners and 36 fun runners and were made up of entrants ranging from 64 to 4 years old. We did have a 2 year old in the fun run ; George Chetwynd Talbot being carried by dad!

The 10k ladies race was won by Jennifer Cheetham in a rapid time of 45minutes 10 seconds. She was followed home by Joanne Stephenson (51:10) and Anna Delves (53:21).

The men’s race was won by Timothy Dredge with an impressive 36 minute 58 second run. Second was Andy Emmerson (39:39) closely followed home by Dave Elkin (40:03) . The first girl home in the fun run was Belle Hancox and for the boys, Joe Haywood.

Click on the link below to view race times

Of course there are too many other personal achievements to mention in terms of personal best times, runners completing their first 10k or fun runs etc. etc. though we trust all of our entrants enjoyed their day and the venue.

The proceeds from this event will go to Abbots Bromley Sports Association (ABSA) for the development of the new sports ground. Special thanks go to John German for their continued race sponsorship, Running Form (Burton) for support and prize sponsorship, Forkers for event timing sponsorship and The Cash Stores for supplying our bottled water.

Thanks also go to all runners, supporters and volunteers who helped make the event so enjoyable. We are looking to increase numbers in all areas for next year’s race, allowing more runners and spectators to experience the wonderful location.

Andew Kirkland on behalf of ABCC

    May 2015 - ABFC and Abbots Bromley Residents do the Great Manchester 10K for Charity

 April 2015 - Distributed to Residents of Abbots Bromley

WORK on the Abbots Bromley cricket and football ground is to start earlier than expected after huge savings have been found.

A decision has been made to construct the pavilion with an oak frame rather than brick foundations, which will save more than £300,000.

The complex, which will include two football pitches, a cricket square and a pavilion sport centre is to be built on Lichfield Road near to Mill Green.

Work is set to begin as soon as April, with the football pitches playable for the start of the 2015-16 season.

The ambitious project will be home to the Stags FC, the Abbots Bromley Cricket Club and the village's junior football club.

Chris Wood, trustee and chairman of the Abbots Bromley Sports Association (ABSA) said: "This design is not only cheaper, it's also a lot better looking.

"We've kept all the facilities of the original design, but brought the cost of the building itself down by a half.

"It really has saved us an awful lot of money.

"The overall project cost two and a half years ago was close to £720,000, but it's now going to cost £400,000."

"This is good news all round, it saves public money from the funding bodies and also means we can get building sooner.

"This will be an excellent base for generations to come."

The village's new sporting centre has received the support of the FA, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Staffordshire Cricket, as well as the nearby community.

It has been granted matched funding from Sport England, Inspired Facilities and East Staffordshire Borough Council.

ABSA held a charity auction and black-tie dinner at St George's Park earlier this year to raise funds.

Footballing legends gave their support, including Viv Anderson, the first black player to be capped for England and Norman Whiteside, the youngest player to score at a World Cup.

28th November 2014  Fundraising Dinner and Auction at St Georges Park

On the 28th November Abbots Bromley Sports Association held their annual  Dinner and Auction at St Georges Park, with Charlie Dagnall as Compere and Norman Whiteside and  Viv Anderson as special guest speakers.

The event was sponsored by CBVC Vehicle Management and Allports Truck Centre, as well as several other local businesses. Support was given by many residents in and around the Abbots Bromley area and  members of the affiliated Cricket and Football clubs, who not only attended but also provided items for auction and bid  very generously.   

The Hilton at St Georges Park did not dissapoint, and we were so pleased to return here for a second year, as what an evening it was!

Charlie was on top form as ever, ensuring a throughly enjoyable evening for all! His great wit,  and mastery of the crowd ceases to amaze us!

Viv Anderson and Norman Whiteside shared with us the personal insights and experinces of their spectacular  footballing careers and were more than happy to answer the many questions from the audience, even the risque ones!

Its safe to say it was a very enjoable night, and we are thrilled to host the next event again in 2015. We will be saying goodbye to St Georges Park this year so guests can enjoy another suitably marvelous venue to attend for the evening.

We raised in excess of £6500 towards the new ground, lets see if we can do better next time!

We encourage guests or anyone interested to forward any suggestions you may for the next Dinner to

 21st November 2013 - The Ashes Fundraising Dinner and Auction

   1st October 2013  Abbots Bromley 10K Run, Fun Run & Dog Walk



 The 10K Run, Fun Run and Dog Walk was a success!

  We are proud to announce that our first event as Abbots Bromley Sports Association was such a success, with over £2000 raised  towards the new Sports Ground.

With over 90 participants of all ages entering,  it really was a community event. Kindly hosted by Abbots Bromley Cricket Club and well supported by The Abbots Bromley Football Club (stags) the local teams  were in full   support  of this fundraising effort for the new ground.

    We are hugely grateful to those involved in organising this enjoyable event, especially to  Ian Haywood, Andy Kirkland and Mark Hurst. The help and support offered by  sponsors, marshalls, participants and their                   friends and families was second to non and must be noted! 

For those of you who participated in the 10K, please see your times below, and also view our gallery for pictures from the day.  We hope to see you again, next year maybe?

April 2013 - Article in the Parish Council Magazine

       March 2013 - Introduction to Abbots Bromley Sports Association - Our first letter to Abbots Bromley residents. A very proud moment.


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